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Chapter 21. SSH, FTP, VPN, and Web Sharing > Virtual Private Networking

21.5. Virtual Private Networking

After reading the previous pages, you might assume that it's a piece of cake for business people to connect to their corporate networks across the Internet from wherever they happen to be: their homes, hotel rooms, or local Starbucks. But even though the steps on the preceding pages work fine if you're dialing into your home machine, they'll probably fail miserably when you want to connect to a corporate network. There's one enormous obstacle in your way: Internet security.

The typical corporate network is guarded by a team of steely-eyed administrators for whom Job Number One is preventing access by unauthorized visitors. They perform this job primarily with the aid of a super-secure firewall that seals off the company's network from the Internet.


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